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Volkswagen considers Arteon shooting brake

by Justin King

Development plans are already underway but the project has not yet received a final green-light.

Volkswagen is apparently considering a shooting-brake adaptation of the Arteon sedan.

"I would like to make a shooting brake," VW product line head Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz told Auto Express. "These plans are underway but it's not yet final."

Unconfirmed reports recently hinted at a 3.0-liter VR6 engine for the flagship sedan, providing a higher performing alternative to the current 2.5-liter mill. The larger unit could bump output to the 400-horsepower range.

"If we build a six-cylinder engine - we are discussing it for the Arteon, we have built one already in a prototype vehicle - it will be one which you can also use in the Atlas and vice versa," the executive clarified.

If approved, a high-output engine is a likely candidate for the US market. The same can't be said for the shooting brake, though the company has not explicitly named which markets will get the wagon body style.

Live images by Ronan Glon.